Clare confirmed as Limerick’s All Ireland semi-final opponents

David McInerney in action for Clare in their All Ireland quarter-final win over Galway in Thurles
LIMERICK will play Clare in the All Ireland hurling semi-final on August 18 after the Banner County got the better of Galway on Sunday afternoon in Thurles.

LIMERICK will play Clare in the All Ireland hurling semi-final on August 18 after the Banner County got the better of Galway on Sunday afternoon in Thurles.

It will be the first meeting between the sides at this stage of the championship and is sure to draw a massive crowd to Croke Park in three weeks time.

Clare were impressive 1-23 to 2-14 winners over Galway, their goal coming from Conor McGrath in the first half.

The other semi-final will be between Cork and Dublin on Sunday, August 11, after Cork knocked All Ireland champions Kilkenny out of the championship on a scoreline of 0-19 to 0-14.

After a summer of hurling shocks, we’re now left with the most open championship in years - but Limerick have been priced up as the slightest of favourites to win the All Ireland by Paddy Power. Limerick are 7/4, Cork and Dublin are 5/2 and Clare are 10/3.

Elsewhere, Galway were confirmed as Limerick’s opponents in the All Ireland minor semi-final. They beat Laois yesterday so that game will be the curtain raiser to the senior game. Kilkenny meet Waterford in the other semi-final.